Granville Health System Foundation Selects Kaitlin Mize as Recipient of the 2011 Sam Perry Scholarship

The Granville Health System Foundation has announced that Kaitlin Mize of Oxford was awarded the second annual Sam Perry Scholarship. Ms. Mize, who is the daughter of Howard and Lisa Mize of Oxford, recently graduated with honors from N.C. State University with a B.S. degree in psychology. She will be entering the Duke University Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program this fall.

The Foundation established the scholarship fund in memory of Sam Perry, a physician’s assistant (PA) whose specialized medical care had earned him deep respect from both patients and peers throughout his career.

“Sam would be proud to see this talented young woman rewarded for her dedication and achievement in pursuit of a nursing career,” said Gary Bowman, President of the Granville Health System Foundation. “We will continue to honor Sam’s vision by seeking out exceptional students in the field of allied health for this scholarship.”

The Sam Perry Scholarship is awarded to a Granville County resident who has been accepted into a two-year or four-year Allied Health Program at an accredited school and who intends to pursue a career in the allied health care field. Programs eligible for this scholarship include clinical laboratory sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiological science, pharmacy, RN, BSN, AND, LPN, dentistry and related careers, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner.

Ms. Mize’s impressive record illustrates the qualities of academic performance, leadership, and community involvement that are sought by the Sam Perry Scholarship selection committee.

During three semesters, Ms. Mize served as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at N.C. State University. She was also a recipient of the 2010 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Scholarship. While a member of Delta Zeta Sorority at NCSU, Ms. Mize served two semesters each as Academics Chairman and Athletic Chairman, and was the New Member Panhellenic Voting Delegate. She also participated in philanthropic events to raise money for the Delta Zeta Foundation.

In addition to participating in the NC State University Honors Program, Ms. Mize is a member of Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Order of Omega. Her college achievements mirror her exemplary academic career at J. F. Webb School of Health and Life Sciences, from which she graduated 10th in her class in 2007.

Besides her academic success, Ms. Mize has actively participated in a number of community service activities. She volunteered in the Nutrition NUTS program, teaching nutrition education to children and parents at Head Start centers; was a camp counselor for hearing impaired children at Camp Woodbine; volunteered at the Salvation Army; volunteered at Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Camp; and helped at the Triangle Wine Experience event, which raised money for the Frankie Lemmon School in Raleigh, at which Ms. Mize did an internship.